Close to 200 delegates of the 9th General Assembly of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), hosted by LVPEI in Hyderabad (September 17-20, 2012) took a tour of LVPEI's Thoodukurthy Village Vision Complex (VVC). The VVC model provides eye care service delivery in rural areas at three interlinked levels – community, primary and secondary. The delegates were very appreciative of the model.
Prashant Garg invited to be a board member of the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO); also appointed Chair of ICO Subcommittee on Allied Health Education

Sirisha Senthil and Nikhil Chaudhari bagged the Best Scientific Paper and Best Video awards at the 22nd Glaucoma Society of India meeting at Coimbatore, October 5-7, 2012.

Rohit Khanna appointed member of the "Education Committee on Training Teams to Meet Public Needs," an International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) initiative, chaired by Dr Babar Qureshi.

Bhamy Hariprasad Shenoy won Swarup Medal for Best Video at the Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmological Society meeting at Guntur, October 12-14, 2012. Co-authors: Ramesh Kekunnaya, Amit Gupta, Pravin K Vaddavalli. Pavan and Shiva Shankar of the Central Audio Video Unit edited the video.

Sirisha Senthil awarded the K Vengal Rao Medal for best paper in the K Vengal Rao session and the best paper in Mathur's Best Paper Session at the Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmological Society meeting Guntur, October 12-14, 2012.

L V Prasad Eye Institute won the NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012 for 'Digitisation of Medical Records'. Of the 1400 entries received, LVPEI stood first in the Academic/ Research Institution Category and in the Technology Sector. Finance Minister Mr P Chidambaram and Rural Development Minister Mr Jairam Ramesh presented the award to Dr Anthony Vipin Das in New Delhi on 17 October 2012.
SightLife Facilitates Corneal Transplant Centre
The SightLife Advanced Tissue Preparation Centre was inaugurated at LVPEI's Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB) by Washington State Governor Ms Christine Gregoire on October 3, 2012. The first such centre in the Asia Pacific region, it will make pre-cut donor corneas available to corneal surgeons, enabling thousands of corneally blind patients in India to undergo Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK), increasingly the standard treatment for corneal edema offering better results, reduced risk of rejection and faster healing. SightLife is supporting the centre, while North Carolina Eye Bank trained RIEB's technician. The centre also received a donation from Micro Medical Devices, USA.
BLSO Celebrates World Sight Day
The Institute's Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO) commemorated World Sight Day 2012 by conducting a vision screening program for school children at Nalanda Grammar High School in Bonguluru village in Ranga Reddy district, on 11 October 2012. BLSO faculty and students screened 417 school children, of whom 45 were identified with vision problems and eye disorders, 39 for the first time. LVPEI provides free spectacles to children in Andhra Pradesh under the Nimmagadda Prasad – LVPEI Children's Eye Health Initiative, supported by the Nimmagadda Foundation. Children with complex conditions were referred to LVPEI Hyderabad, or our partner Gregorious Balagram Eye Hospital at Yacharam.
EyePEP Draws a Good Response
The 5th 'EyePEP' Post-Graduate Education Program (September 30 - October 7, 2012) was attended by over 250 postgraduates. The sessions ranged from lectures in basic eye examination techniques to subspecialty talks, with the focus on both ophthalmology and career orientation. Hands-on courses were conducted in various subspecialties; guest speakers and the LVPEI faculty made stellar presentations. The program also included objectively structured clinical examinations (OSCE) and case presentations, with exciting prizes for the winners. The live telecast of EyePEP was seen by more than 1100 online viewers, with live interaction during the Q&A sessions.
The EyePEP Icon for this year, Prof Amod Gupta, Professor of Ophthalmology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, gave an inspirational address to the participants. Dr Gullapalli N Rao presented the Golden Apple to him. The Polished Apple award for best teacher was won by Dr Pravin V Krishna. The DNB residents of LVPEI walked away with a rich haul of prizes with Drs Maneck Nicholson, Shail A Vasavada and Sayali S Sane coming in first, second and third, respectively, in the quiz. Dr Anupam Bagdi stood first, Shail stood second and Sayali received a special prize in the PG Grand Rounds competition. Shail was also awarded a special prize at the iPeppy cultural evening.

Surgery Restored Her Livehood
Jaithunnisa Syed lives in Kothagudem and takes care of a buffalo herd, taking the cattle for grazing regularly. When she began having vision problems, she approached the local doctor for treatment. However, there was no improvement. She was unable to take care of the cattle and was losing her income. One of LVPEI's Vision Technicians Nazma, Jaithunnisa's neighbor, referred her to our partner Nava Bharat Eye Centre at Paloncha. She was operated upon and her vision improved to 6/12. Jaithunnisa is happy and is now back to her regular income earning activity. She sends her "Salam-valaicum" to LVPEI!
Syamala Bhaskaran Endowment Lecture
Dr Tarun Sharma, Medical Director, Sankara Nethralaya, delivered the annual Syamala Bhaskaran Endowment Lecture on "Combining Clinical and Research Acumen" on September 29, 2012. It was an inspiring lecture, based on over 25 years of his experience as a clinician, teacher and researcher. He illustrated how one could make a brilliant career, encompassing these three aspects into one's professional work. He also laid emphasis on the component of compassion and care, while managing the patients' problems. The lecture was especially inspirational for the younger generation, who are on the threshold of their career and life choices.
Low Vision Awareness Program Well Attended
The 28th Low Vision Awareness Program was organised on September 21, 2012, by the faculty and team of the Vision Rehabilitation Centres. About 175 delegates from across the country attended the program, which comprised didactic lectures and workshops. The participants included ophthalmic officers (government), optometry students, practitioners & ophthalmologists and was supported by India Vision Institute.
Glaucoma Education Forum
The Vijayawada campus held a glaucoma education forum at the City Centre on 15 October 2012, with 75 participants including former patients. A video presentation with a lecture on glaucoma was followed by a question and answer session with the public. Dr Pradeep K Reddy answered the queries.
LVPEI's partner, C L Gupta Eye Institute in Moradabad, inaugurated its second vision centre, the Mahant Nirmal Singh Memorial Vision Centre, on October 11, 2012. It is located in an ashram owned by the Institute's secretary, Sardar Gurvinder Singh. LVPEI and IAPB have provided grants-in-aid for the 2 vision centres. C L Gupta Eye Institute is headed by LVPEI alumni, Dr Pradeep Agarwal and Dr Ashi Khurana.
Letter to Dr Subhadra Jalali
I had a great time in the department working with you. I got to learn retina evaluation and ROP screening, seeing a few cases which I had never seen. I enjoyed working with Dr Padmaja Rani as well. It was an extremely useful experience. Had I not learnt it here, I would never have been able to do lasers in such small babies. I will try to use this experience and skill after my fellowship and implement it at my workplace. Thanks for being such a wonderful teacher. Working with you was fun.
Shilpa Sonarkhan
October 14, 2012Ghaziabad
Thank you and your team (rehab department) for helping me a lot for my civils' studies. I'm currently appearing for my main exams and am performing really well. Thank you so much for providing me the required material from the audio library and from the internet. Thank you for helping me from the bottom of my heart.

Sandeep Kumar Pradyuman
October 15, 2012Devnar School
I am honoured to meet the people of LVPEI, dedicated to the service of mankind, the underprivileged people of our great country, India. My promise to the team of LVPEI, Hyd, is that
I will be talking about you as role model citizens all over the world in my workshops aimed at developing leaders.

Deepak Sukh, Hyderabad
September 28, 2012(Seen by Mr Uday K Addepalli)

My son, Master Sudheendra Rajan, did the basic computer program and also received mobility training from your esteemed organization, which is well known for its incredible services for the last 25 years. Since he is visually challenged,
I was very worried about my son's job prospects, though he is a first class master's degree holder in MHRM. Because of the care and interest shown by you, my son is now working on the computer very efficiently. I am grateful for your dedicated and sincere efforts for the betterment of needy and challenged persons like my son. "Service to humanity is service to God" – your organization is following this in letter and spirit.

August 13, 2012P Sankara Rao, Visakhapatnam

Thank you very much for the successful surgery and valuable medication for my baby Nusaiba Fatima. We are grateful to you and your team. Yesterday, after 22 days in India, I took my baby to Dr Tariq Reza at Islamia Eye Hospital, Dhaka, for an eye check-up, as per your suggestion. Apart from the medications and eye drops, we are trying to do light therapy, as per the advice of the rehab center, and making her use glasses. Again, thank you for a fantastic job.

Krishibid Md Nurul Huda Almamun
Scientific Officer, Soil Resource Development Institute
October 19, 2012Regional Laboratory, Chandra, Jamalpur
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